The Q&A Archives: Digitalis Obscura Basics

Question: I recently purchased a plant labeled Digitalis obscura, a Foxglove I've never heard of, and I can't find any information about it. What is the origin of this plant and what can you tell me about its growth habits and needs? Jim Roush Manhattan, KS

Answer: Digitalis obscura is a woody shrub or subshrub, native to Spain. It grows from 1 to 4 feet tall; the flowers are 3/4 to 1 inch long, orange-yellow to brown, often spotted. If possible, I would check with the nursery where you bought the plant for specific cultural information. The references I consulted did not note any needs particular to this type of foxglove.

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